Amarillo's Door-to-Door Sales City Ordinance

AMARILLO - With warmer weather, some businesses take to door-to-door sales.

By city ordinance, door-to-door salesmen must register at the Police Department. Sales are permitted between 10 A.M. and 7 P.M. 

Registration by a seller doesn't mean the city can speak to the guarantee, warranty, honesty or legitimacy of any individual or group or the product or goods they are selling. Remember that you as a resident can request a salesman's permit.

Again, merely having the blue 8.5 inch by 11 inch permit card, which each seller is required to carry, does not mean the company has been "checked out," just that the individual salesman has complied with the law requiring registration.

Sometimes, the Amarillo Police Department is contacted by citizens who wish to complain about sales tactics including high pressure sales. If these methods are not actual criminal acts such as fraud or are not outside what is allowed under the ordinance, they are not a violation of the door-to-door law. High pressure sales tactics may just be that; a way to make a sale of a legitimate product.

If you have any doubt about a seller's product or legitimacy, do not feel rushed to make a purchase. Check the business out through the Better Business Bureau and any other site you prefer to use to check businesses.

Understand your rights as a consumer to prevent future problems. If you believe that a door-to-door seller is violating the law by selling after hours or without a permit, contact the Amarillo Police Department at 378-3038.

The entire ordinance can be found here

 


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